|The Bridport branch was 9¼ miles long from Maiden Newton to Bridport station, and during its 118 years life span it saw many changes. It commenced as a private railway operated by the GWR on the ill-fated broad gauge. An extension to West Bay, it was hoped, would bring prosperity to both the railway company and the local community. Absorbed into the GWR, the line continued through two world wars and into a changing world in which the motor vehicle was eventually to dominate. The Bridport branch saw it all, and despite being proposed for closure in the 1963 Beeching plan it struggled on for a further 12 years, becoming Dorset's last passenger branch line to close.
As well as a nostalgic look at the line from steam to diesel, the authors have attempted to give an insight into both railway history and railway working, together with a look at the involvement of the staff who operated the branch. The social and economic background against which the line traded and survived is also covered, and we hope the reader will enjoy this book as much as we have enjoyed researching the days when Bridport had a railway.
The book is to A5 format,and consists of 224 pages of art paper which include over 190 photographs/maps and plans etc. It is casebound with a gold-blocked spine and a glossy laminated 2-colour dust jacket.
B.L. Jackson & M.J. Tattershall